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Grandmother, 53, Gives Birth To Her Own Granddaughter

Fri, September 7, 2012 1:12pm EDT by 1 Comment
Cindy Ruetzel baby
Courtesy of MSN Today

A Chicago woman, who believed she couldn’t have kids after being diagnosed with cervical cancer, welcomed a daughter on Sept. 5 — delivered by the baby’s grandmother! The 53-year-old surrogate gave birth to a healthy baby girl — read on for all he details.

When Emily Jordan was diagnosed with cervical cancer at age 29, her dreams of having a baby were diminished when she was forced to undergo a radical hysterectomy to save her life.

“I can’t describe what that was like after finding out you have cancer, after finding out your chance of ever carrying a baby is gone,” she told the Associated Press.

But two years later, her and her husband Mike Jordan‘s dream of being parents became a reality when Emily mom, 53-year-old Cindy Reutzel, volunteered to be the couple’s surrogate.

She underwent a process that included hormonal therapy and psychological evaluation, and was eventually implanted with an embryo of Emily’s egg and Mike’s sperm.

Although Cindy was worried about the toll the pregnancy would take on her body, she delivered a healthy baby girl on Sept. 5 named Elle Cynthia Jordan.

“When I watch both of them hold that baby and look into her face, it’s like everything I could have imagined wanting for them – better than I could have imagined,” Cindy said. “This is what it was all about for me.”

What an amazing story. What do YOU think HollyMoms?

— Christina Stiehl

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